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  • UHF stands as a comedy favorite from the tail end of the 1980's

    • by Mackenzie Lambert


      For over 30 years, “Weird Al” Yankovic has been the biggest name of musical parody. No one was spared from his biting musical barbs, be it Michael Jackson, Madonna, Nirvana, or Coolio. His venture into feature film was brief due to box office disappointment for UHF. Its failure has less to do with the movie itself, and more with the circumstances during which it was released.

      After being fired from his fast food job, George Newman (Yankovic) and his friend Bob (David Bowe), take up jobs at a local UHF station, owned by

      George’s uncle. The only people currently working at the station are Pamela the secretary (Fran Drescher), Philo the mad scientist (Anthony Geary), and Stanley the janitor (Michael Richards). The station struggles until Stanley is given his own show. Soon, the station takes off and becomes a hit with the local audience.

      Meanwhile, R.J. Fletcher (Kevin McCarthy) is the head of the local TV network and feels threatened by the sudden popularity of the UHF station. He takes steps to sabotage the station, even kidnapping Stanley. By threatening George’s uncle, Fletcher aims to buy the station out. Can George save Stanley and raise enough money to save the station in time?

      Weird Al’s knack for parodying popular culture is in full swing with UHF. Obvious examples include Conan the Librarian and Gandhi II. Aside from simple parody, there are inspired moments of surreal comedy. Raul’s Wild Kingdom, Wheel of Fish, Spatula City, and Crazy Ernie are almost Python-esque in their lunatic genius.

      The comedic talent in supporting roles is astounding. Michael Richards garnered a significant role in the early stages of his career as ...

      • UHF, movie (1989)
      Stanley the janitor. Fran Drescher has some decent moments as a secretary turned news reporter. Kevin McCarthy chews the scenery as Fletcher. Geary, Trinidad Silva, Emo Phillips, Billy Barty, and Victoria Jackson (before she lost her mind) round out the supporting cast.

      At the time of its release in 1989, it was thrown to the blockbuster wolves at the time. Tim Burton’s Batman, Ghostbusters 2, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and When Harry Met Sally, were in the same release window as UHF. This small-scale comedy didn’t stand a chance in

      this environment. UHF was no exception. It was another nail in the coffin of Orion. It has become a cult classic and has become a key part of Weird Al’s live performances.

      UHF stands as a comedy favorite from the tail end of the 1980’s. Much like Spaceballs or Heathers, its a film that has earned a strong, dedicated following and gets better as time goes on. While synonymous with the 80’s, UHF has humor that will appeal to anyone of any generation. Its easy to find at any retailer or video streaming service.

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